Peacefully, with family by her side, at Riverview Gardens, Chatham, Ontario, Grace Van Rooyen (nee Dreise) passed away on February 15th, 2017. Grace was born in Groningen, The Netherlands. She has gone to be with her Saviour Jesus Christ. Grace leaves behind a wonderful, caring husband, father and best friend Marten Van Rooyen. Grace is survived by her children Dick and Shirley Van Rooyen, John and Dianne Van Rooyen, Annette (predeceased), Pete and Teri McGregor, Martha and Wayne Hooyer, Darlene (predeceased) and Mike Crow, and Paul and Kathie Van Rooyen. Cherished grandma of Matt and Gemma, Mark (predeceased), Billie, Tom and Melissa, Darren and Johanna, Joel, Lauren, Stephen, Mathew and Tanya, Shawn and Janice, Brian and Brittany, Cassandra, Jessica, Mike Jr. and Lindsay, Brandon, Candace, Nicole, Brian, Brandon, and Sarah. Grace will be remembered by her great grandchildren Kenzie, Elijah, Jessie, Lily, Violet, Rowen, Seth, Ethan, Jeremy, and Michael. Loving sister of Simon (predeceased) and Dina Dreise, Mary and Dick (predeceased) Dejong, and Albert and Ailda Dreise. Friends and family will be received at Denning’s of Chatham (519-352-2390), 4 Victoria Avenue, on Friday evening from 6 to 8pm.  The Funeral Service will be held at First Christian Reformed Church, 25 Tweedsmuir Avenue East, Chatham, on Saturday morning at 11am. Interment to follow in Maple Leaf Cemetery. Donations in Grace’s memory may be made to Chatham-Kent Hospice or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be left at

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